Ugandan President to Study Anti-gay Bill Before Signing It Into Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that he will review the recently passed anti-gay bill before signing it into law, according to Uganda’s New Vision:

Yoweri Museveni“I will first go through it. If I find that it is right I will sign but if I find that it is not right I will send it back to Parliament”, he said.

The President was reacting to the comment made by the head of the Pentecostal Churches in Uganda, Apostle Joseph Serwadda, calling on the President to sign the Bill against homosexuality that was passed last week by Parliament.

The Bill seeks, among other things, to slap charges of life imprisonment to those found guilty of the acts.

Last week, both the White House and State Department spoke out against Uganda's anti-gay bill. 

Comments

  1. says

    This is just a gimmick. He’ll sign it soon enough. It’s what the people of Uganda want.

    On a sunnier note, I’m happy that towleroad is no longer forcing onswipe on me. I have no idea why people ever thought that thing is a good idea. If any of the mods are reading this: onswipe is ugly, does not add anything new (unless you count irritation something new) and the latest updates to the Big Three web browsers renders any of its additional functionality redundant.

  2. Rad says

    As with Native American tribes, homosexuality was considered sacred and special; it was the channeling of both male and female energy through one being. As I recall, this same concept was indicative of the African people a century ago. Why is it that when Western religion is the basis for anything, respect for humanity gets thrown out the window?

  3. jamal49 says

    @RAD: Because Western religion is christianity and christianiy respects nothing–not life nor liberty nor the pursuit of happiness. It is a moral, ethical and spiritual abomination.

  4. johnny says

    Christianity in itself is not a problem, Jamal49. It’s a harmless belief system.

    RELIGION is THE problem because it’s a group of self-chosen people who bastardize Christianity (and other belief systems) into twisted versions of “morals” based on what THEY want and their own selfish needs and fears. It’s a control system to keep people subjugated and marginalized. Under “religion”, women, minorities and others basically become the slaves of white, privileged men who tell them what to do.

    This black leader is basically doing what he’s told is best while the old white guard laughs and says “Dance, clown, dance”.

    Religion is evil disguised as moral.

  5. pete n sfo says

    Let’s hope John Kerry direct dialed this guy and dangled some kind of carrot.

    The US cannot be supporting nations that have such crazy laws.

    And as for that argument above: Xtianity vs. Religion… potato, patato… none of them is doing me any favors. Well, maybe Buddhism.

  6. YSOSERIOUS says

    We could ask the UN for heavy sactions, and considering the UN’s position on these sorts of laws, I’m pretty sure they might put them up, problem is, I doubt everyone on the Security Council will want them put in place (*cough Puttinitinhim*).

  7. MaryM says

    No aid, no trade with Uganda until homosexuality is FULLY decriminalised.

    The existing laws are savage enough for the western world to wash its hands of this cesspit of a country.

  8. gregory brown says

    The spread of Pentecostal/charismatic cults in the Third World is as much a threat to human rights nd basic decency as the surges of radical Islam. They reject reason and rationality, exploit and manufacture fears and hatred for anybody defined as The Others and are adamant about the rightness of their self righteousness. “Old Jesus would just puke” saith the brat Holden Caulfield.

  9. paul the subsaharan says

    Here we go with mosrepresentation of facts on the ground. As an equator dweller, I can tell you that homosexuality is a taboo subject for 99 percent of the population. There are 5 cultural kingdoms and various chieftains that stand firmly against this. They state that they abhor the act but not the people doing it.
    This law is a unanimous representation of the constituents. It is political suicide to side with the law. Not one lawmaker has spoken for it.
    Africans will not be coaxed or coerced to eat “raw fish” overnight. it is the way things are.

  10. paul the subsaharan says

    Here we go with mosrepresentation of facts on the ground. As an equator dweller, I can tell you that homosexuality is a taboo subject for 99 percent of the population. There are 5 cultural kingdoms and various chieftains that stand firmly against this. They state that they abhor the act but not the people doing it.
    This law is a unanimous representation of the constituents. It is political suicide to side with the law. Not one lawmaker has spoken for it.
    Africans will not be coaxed or coerced to eat “raw fish” overnight. it is the way things are.

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